The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Health Care
From cancer-curing robots to empowering Chinese doctors, this is the best in today's health care.
By Fast Company Staff
For reducing heart failure hospitalizations. More than 5.1 million people in the U.S. experience heart failure each year, a condition where the heart no longer pumps enough blood and oxygen throughout the body. Those living with heart failure struggle with reduced mobility, shortness of breath, and chest pain, and often need frequent medical care. And according to the CDC, the condition causes an average of 1 million hospitalizations each year, contributing to the $32 billion spent on the disease. To help patients maintain their well-being at home and keep them out of the hospital, CardioMEMS developed a paper-clip-size wireless device that's implanted in the body for doctors to remotely monitor blood pressure and heart rate. The monitoring helps doctors anticipate when complications may arise, and proactively manage medications or treatment. Clinical studies have shown the device reduces hospital admissions by 37 percent. CardioMEMS received FDA approval last spring, making it the first wirelessly powered implant of its kind to come onto the market. It was acquired by the global medical-device company St. Jude Medical shortly thereafter.